Friday night kicked off the 2010 football season for our Lee County Trojans. It was a great start as we defeated Baconton Charter 49-8. Other than maybe a parade or two in Leesburg during the year, high school football seems to be the event that draws the most of us to any community event at any given time. If you are at all involved in the community, you will see at least a few of the people you know each time you go. If you want to know your community better, there is no better place to start.
Friday night football is about more than just the football. Some sponsors show their support by sponsoring the football team during the game and some sponsors show their support by sponsoring the half-time show for the Lee County High Marchin’ Trojans. They build into our community when they do this and they should be supported as well. As for the Marchin’ Trojans, it requires a huge sacrifice of love to pull off that half-time show each week.
Those kids have invested several weeks of band camp in the sweltering heat to prepare. They continue to practice after school two days a week and return each Thursday night for a practice under the lights. Friday night was their first performance of the year and it was most impressive. They had “marching and maneuvers” and many were complicated. They played much of what will be the program they take to band competitions this past Friday night.
Their 2010 program, A Hero’s Story, contains the selections, “Darkness” and “Conflict,” from the 1989 Batman movie, along with the more recent films Dark Knight and Batman Begins. They played with an air of confidence and execution that can only be achieved if the following criterion is met: they did it all, marching, maneuvers and music from memory. L-C
One prays that “all would compete in such a way as to bring out the best in each other and not the worst in ourselves.” That sort of goes along with “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” I personally don’t believe that is possible if the first part is obeyed: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”(Matthew 22:37)
There are those who are motivated by jealousy. They either want you to be jealous of them or are jealous of you. Much of the advertising industry fosters and abets this character flaw when they show how your neighbors will be jealous of you if you just go out and purchase their product. “A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his steps.”(Proverbs 29:5) People who are driven by jealousy are metastasized with the cancer of resentment. Even worse, it’s contagious.
I think an example of benevolence was the defense during the third quarter Friday night. I had the unique perspective of watching that quarter from the press box from the visitors’ side. Sonny Lofton, who is a friend of mine, was calling the game live on the radio for Baconton Charter. He had previously asked me come and do an interview. Baconton Charter started a drive that seemed to have stalled several times but we kept offering them chances to continue. It seemed that we were acting as the flower girl in a wedding leading the bride down the aisle with petals of yellow. They followed and married the groom of 8 points.
It was a little difficult for me to rejoice with those good people from Baconton during that drive. It was a great win for us in the end, but I don’t think we will be able to be as philanthropic with some of these other teams we’ll try to bring the best out of.
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